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“Mumbai is racist, Stop Slamming Oz” by N Raghuraman

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I read this article in a newspaper and just had to reblog it:

Mumbai’s racism can be characterised as ‘cash-bigotry.’ That strain of bigotry manifests itself at the workplace, inside commuter trains, at hotels and restaurants.

Mumbai is one of the most racist places on the world map.

When American author and humorist Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man and naked people have little or no influence on society,” he wasn’t merely being humorous. The stark realism underlying the statement is as unmistakable as its universality.

Twain’s nakedness is a metaphor for a race bereft of monetary supremacy, as opposed to one in clothes which commands societal acceptance. To that end, Mumbai, I say, is one of the most racist places on the world map.

White supremacists absurdly believe that only they live within the pale of superiority, if you can see what I mean. For others, colour of the skin does not matter; for example, in India, you can be fair-complexioned, but still remain forever doomed by the caste identity. In Mumbai, neither complexion nor caste matters: lakhs of people are reviled, humiliated, and � even worse � pushed into the category of the ‘uninvited’ if they do not have enough money.

Mumbai’s racism can be characterised as ‘cash-bigotry.’ That strain of bigotry manifests itself at the workplace, inside commuter trains, at hotels and restaurants, in malls and in housing societies. Now, remember the hoo-ha about the 26/11 coverage?

Scores of well-meaning people got terribly exercised because most the TV grandees preferred the five-star wreckage to train station ruins. In fact, one TV notable admitted that her class might have been swayed more by the travails of those who could afford the kind of shoes she normally wore. Well, she did not quite put it that way, but you got the drift.

Salman Rushdie was shaken by the compensatory hand-wringing caused by the realisation that the CST victims were all but ignored in the early part of the terror trauma. He said that it was ludicrous to even think that rich people’s blood was cheaper than that of the poor.

Well, he would have communicated the idea in different words; sang-froid in clipped tones sounds so wealthy! Anyway, Mumbai does not need the catastrophe of a terror strike to recede into cash-bigotry. It took a massive drive against drunken driving to curb the thought among rich brats that money was the fuel that made their lurching cars unstoppable and untouchable.

It surprises few Mumbaikars that a former gangster, Abu Salem, has apparently been made immune from torture not by diplomatic fiats issued by Portugal, but by the piles of ‘khokas’ offered as insurance against rough treatment.

And while you are in the malls, do you notice that those who hustle the more expensive brands are invariably more polite than those who dispense easy-on-the-budget goods? You could claim that expensive brands train their staff well? Is that so? I beg to differ.

Some of you may remember that I had once observed in this column that security guards at a suburban five-star were more likely to screen the baggage of ‘non-suited’ Indians than touch the laptop of a white guy in a T-shirt? Indians who dressed as though they were trawling through snow, were let in without any checks.

Mumbai, in other words, has an invisible class. In order to belong to it, you need to buy
a car which is much bigger than you need; you need to spend much more than you ought to; and yes, you need to flash the cash as often as you can to show you are superior.

Proud to announce

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“It’s time for people to recognize that in diversity there is strength” – Anonymous

Teamebonyte has become a melting pot collectively speaking, but in terms of the council we’ve diversified even more after appointing Usman Abdullahi, Operations manager, the Hausa Nigerian brings in a lot of depth and coordination towards work ethics and experience. After getting registered in the United Kingdom, teamebonyte needed a strategist to oversee tactical / business operations and the 20 year old Undergraduate of Sharda  University was the most befitting to take charge.

” What does Ebonyte mean? Standing out, and being yourself. this is what has taken us this far, on solely our ideas. They said we were too young, 2 years after we’re registered and operational from India and the United Kingdom, and we’re just getting started . Mumbai, Manchester, London, Lagos, now Delhi, With God the possibilities are endless.                                                                                                                Allday, Everyday “

– @teamebonyte

They thought we couldnt, now It’s all US

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I remember the first day I saw a plane, the first time I got kissed and the first time I got a pay check in my companies name, i remember a lot but amongst them, these stood out.

There’s are some snapshots of life that remain forever in your memory, feeding you with content when you feel low, silently reminding me that in every disappointment is a hint of hope.

As a kid, even though my dad travelled a lot, it never crossed my mind that I’d see the inside of a plane or get to live in another country…
Sitting here in my hostel room 4 years after, talking to my friends and business partners ( Ebonyte clothing co ) conversing about hard times and the hope of more to come…I’m grateful, most importantly for life, because with every turn I was never alone, God fought my battles and made me what I am today, and even though we aren’t there yet, every new day is a assurance that we will get there … soon enough #teamebonyte all day.

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…And Electro Swag was born.

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It was just another afternoon, college was over, we’d gone over to the bakery to get food, and in mumbai trust me these things take time :D, but since i’d gotten this new app on my ipod called “Djay”  and  we were a bit buzzy,  the music was on, so we gave it a swing while we waited.

It didnt come out too bad though, Its funny how people started to think we were trying to turn dj’s after listening *laughs*

The song is Electro stab by Document one. we stepped on it on a few times, sent it around, got a few listen’s in and there you have it – Electro swag (LOL).

Hope you guys like it – Electro S.W.A.G.

Ps :- You might want to turn down the volume. 😀

What is Ebonyte please?

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Ebonyte clothing co blog diaries By TeamEbonyte. follow them on the journey to success.

Ebonyte clothing co blog diaries By TeamEbonyte. follow them on the journey to success.

Where better to start than at the very beginning?

Ebonyte is a word that we coined to mean – self-esteem, it’s simply a  feeling of content in one’s own-self, against classification. that’s practically the simplest way to put it, although its meaning has changed over time to signify a melting pot of similar people from all over the world with the same beliefs.

Ebonyte is Anti-stereotype? Yes, but not vulgar or aggressive (check out the full details at ebonyte.com/aboutus) instead we “represent” ( individually always have a sense of pride in our origins, nationalities etc. )  through our apparel, and as such unify through SWAG (something we’ve all got)  that’s what breaks the boundaries of stereotype. It takes times to understand but the concept behind Ebonyte is really simple 🙂

Ebonyte is a clothing company too? Yes, the word is aptly used to signify our style of apparel and our approach to unifying trends from people just like ourselves (republicans) all over the world, and as such every Ebonyte apparel has a story to it.

Who is Ebonyte? Ebonyte isn’t a she or he, it’s a noun.

— Chukkie_ebonyte